Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Not really.
That title is a bit of a stretch.
I didn't take on the world, but I did think I bit off a little more than I could chew when I started my most recent project.

I've wanted a large scale piece of art over my bed for a while now, but haven't found one large enough that wouldn't cost me my first born child in addition to everything in my bank account.
On a whim last Friday afternoon, I decided to paint my own.
It took all weeeknd to complete, but that's what I accomplished.  
I love it!
Let's take a time out and realize that I am much more of a crafter than I am an artist. I tried to say I wasn't an artist and Auntie P said that wasn't true.  
I had no idea what I would be getting into.
Not too shabby?

So, here's what went down...

I went to Michael's to check out how much a canvas the size of me would cost.  As luck would have it, their professional quality canvases were 60% off.  I was able to purchase a 30" x 48" canvas that would have been $69.99 for only $28.  
The canvas was almost as large as my coffee table.
As for the paint, I have been collecting mistinted sample pots from hardware stores for a while.  I picked up a few from Lowe's recently for 50 cents.  I bought a sample pot of black paint at full price which was a whopping $3.

First, I painted the whole thing black so it would give the over all look some depth.
There are a few other smaller canvases you'll be hearing about later.
Then I painted it with a tangerine/peachy color allowing some of the black to peek through in places.
Please ignore my pasty white knee.
As much as I'd like to think I could pull off this lettering free-hand, I cannot.  You know I like to cut corners and this is one big way.
To get the lettering, I picked a fun font and printed the quote on a large scale from the computer.  I cut out the words, taped them in place with scotch tape, and traced them with carbon paper underneath.  Then I painstakingly painted all of the lettering with a small brush and more black paint.
It was light out when I started and it was 
pitch black out when I finished.
Here's another look at the finished product.
It's longer than the bench to my dining room set.
To finish it off, I painted a line across the bottom and free-handed some bird silhouettes.  They are pretty easy to freehand when you look at each shape, the head, the beak, the tail, etc.  

And let's face it, when you do stop and look around, this life is pretty darn amazing...at least mine is...and on the days it doesn't feel like it, this will be a great reminder.  
I can't wait to hang it over my headboard!
The colors will go perfectly with my eclectic Junk Gypsy style.

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  1. I am very impressed with your patience. I made a camera bag insert to put in a $10 JCP bag I bought this weekend. Instead of using my sewing machine, I used glue (it was the fabric kind).

  2. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  3. Beautiful job! Yes, this life is pretty amazing! Would love to have you share this at What to do Weekends Party, also. Nice project for a weekend, don't you think? Following. Best wishes, Linda



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